KNOXVILLE — Seventy-three students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville — all of whom will be studying abroad during the spring semester — have received $1,000 study-abroad scholarships funded by an international education fee collected from undergraduates.
The $10-per-year fee, proposed by the Student Government Association and approved by the Board of Trustees, went into effect in fall of 2008. These 73 scholarships were funded by the proceeds from the student fee and the J. Wallace and Katie Dean Undergraduate Scholarship Endowment. These monies and other existing funds allow the Center for International Education to award about $300,000 in scholarships per year. The scholarships are based on a combination of financial need and academic merit.
Expanding study abroad is an important component of Ready for the World, the campus’ international and intercultural initiative.
It also advances several of the strategic priorities outlined by UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. Among those: enhancing the education experience, enhancing diversity and enhancing globalization.
Noah Rost, a programs abroad coordinator in UT’s Center for International Education office, said studying abroad is “a transformative experience” for students.
“It broadens their worldview, directly exposes them to different countries and cultures and helps them become more independent and self-reliant in the process.
“Studying abroad is also a gem on students’ curriculum vitae,” Rost said. “It will make them more competitive for elite graduate and professional programs and will help them secure quality employment upon graduation since the majority of employers are seeking applicants who can communicate across cultural and linguistic boundaries.”
UT Knoxville offers programs in 54 countries on six continents that range in length from three weeks to an academic year.
Additional information about the study-abroad scholarship program, along with eligibility requirements, application instructions and deadlines, also can be found on the Programs Abroad Office Web site: https://studyabroad.utk.edu//.
Following are the students who received the scholarship, listed by hometown:
Athens: Nicholas Stewart
Bartlett: Christopher Potter
Brentwood: Nicole Nichols, Fleming Smith, Benjamin Southard and Christopher Tramontana
Cincinnati, Ohio: Sam Louderback
Clarksville: Kyle Mills
Collierville: Brittany Dalton and Stephen Townsend
Crestwood: Melinda Nakamura
Franklin: Robert Jackson, Katherine Mattingly and Caitlin Rogers
Gallatin: Daniel Heering and Lori McClure
Germantown: Kelsey Craig, Julia Fenton, Jordan Freeman and Andrew Ruff
Goodlettsville: Ellen Larson
Hendersonville: Jennifer Sneed
Johnson City: Kristin Moore
Jonesborough: Thomas Herington
Knoxville: John Bills, Tyler Blazer, Todd Buchkovich, Whitney Chase, Gregory Cooper, Courtney Daly, Chelsea DeLay, Danielle Elliott, Nicole Eppolito, Erin Groh, Austin Kodra, Miriam Kramer, Christopher Lofaro, Justin Mincey, Nina Musinovic, Bonny Nichol, Rebecca Parsley, Alix Pfennigwerth, Lauren Raschke, Latisha Raulston, Carla Safi, David Sawyer, Hope Stanley, Elizabeth Stephens, Kyle Tharp and Caitlin Turski
Maryville: Eda Cogburn and Sevastian Romberg
Memphis: Brittney Bryant, William Harris and Emelia Smith
Mohawk: Hilary Ailshie
Morgantown: Tyler Etris
Murfreesboro: Josef Beal
Nashville: Christopher Cameron, Daniel Curry, Samantha Economos, Evan Farnsworth, Kathryn Fey and Philip Gilman
Norris: David Samples
Oak Ridge: William Lee
Old Hickory: Alex Porter and Darren Thacker
Piney Flats: Megan Barrowclough
Signal Mountain: Richard Beairsto
Sparta: Stephanie Parker
Strawberry Plains: Daniel Snider
Tullahoma: Kari Luna
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